Expired: Veterans Publishing, Inc. at Festival of Books

Veterans Publishing, Inc. (VPI) announces participation in the San Diego Festival of Books on August 26, 2017, at Liberty Station, San Diego, CA, featuring #1 New York Times bestselling authors Grant Blackwood and James Rollins signing books in the booth.

VPI is dedicated to helping veterans and their families publish or sell books and artisan creations via www.veterans.pub. VPI is a subsidiary of the Us4Warriors Foundation—honored as San Diego County’s Veterans Non-Profit of the Year for 2016. VPI board members include SDWEG member W. Craig Reed (New York Times bestselling author), Grant Blackwood (#1 New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler novels), James Rollins (#1 New York Times bestselling author), Bob Mayer (New York Times bestselling author), Don Metzger (C-level business executive), Jeff Jones (senior marketing executive and retired Navy SEAL), and Ken Greenawald (Us4Warriors board member and submarine veteran).

“Veterans Publishing is much like a small Amazon.com that offers books and products created exclusively by veterans and their families,” said W. (Bill) Craig Reed, CEO of VPI. “We are honored to have Grant Blackwood and James Rollins on our Board of Directors, and also have them sign books in our booth at the San Diego Festival of Books.”

A majority of the profits generated by VPI will help fund the Us4Warriors Foundation (www.us4warriors.org) in a similar fashion to how the Firefox web browser helps fund the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. To provide the needed funding to ensure VPI can fulfill its mission, a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo’s Generosity site went live on August 19, 2017. Along with dozens of unique offerings, the crowdfunding campaign will feature a new book from author W. Craig Reed titled The 7 Secrets of Neuron Leadership (published by Wiley & Sons) to encourage crowdfunding pledges. The book features a Foreword by Gordon England, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and interviews with a former NASA head, Secretary of the Navy, San Diego Girls Scouts CEO, 3-star Generals, Navy SEAL officers, CEOs, and several world leaders.

“As a veteran and author, I’m honored to serve on the board of Veterans Publishing,” said Grant Blackwood, #1 New York Times bestselling author and U.S. Navy veteran. “Many of my fellow veterans have difficulty making ends meet. They offer unique perspectives and creativity and VPI is dedicated to giving them help and hope.”

The VPI website is now live at www.veterans.pub where anyone can browse for interesting books, artisan creations, and services offered exclusively by veterans and their families. For example, veterans Will C. and Erik Knowles are world-renowned comedians and television actors who offer discounted engagements on the site. Details about the Generosity crowdfunding campaign can be found on this site.

For details, interviews, and information, please contact:

Bob Morey, bob.blondsteinmedia@gmail.com, (619) 674-2556

Expired: Festival of Books Schedule

San Diego Festival of Books

A complete lineup of the panels and speakers at the August 26 Festival of Books can be found here.  Admission to the event is free, though there is a small charge, $3, to attend the panel discussions. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time. Of that fee, $1 from each ticket will be donated to the San Diego Council on Literacy. Events in the Children’s Pavilion are free.

Presentations will be held in four locations: Main Hall, McMillin Event Center; Foyer, McMillin Event Center; NTC Command Center, Room 1; and Children’s Pavilion, Legacy Center.

SDWEG members T. Jefferson Parker, Richard Lederer, Corey Lynn Fayman, Steve Breen, and Barrett Clemmenson Powell are among the speakers to be featured at the event. A number of speakers at past Guild programs are also featured in some of the panels.

A map showing the layout of the venues is also available at the same link as the schedule. Scroll down to locate the map.

The event organizers are also looking for volunteers to help as author escorts; speaker or event coordinators; program and venue support; greeter and information booth; children’s pavilion assistants; and support staff for vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors. For more information about these opportunities, see this link.

Upcoming Events


  • July 20: SD/PEN presents “To Attend or Not to Attend: Choosing the Right Writers Conference for You,” with Antoinette Kuritz, founder of the La Jolla Writers Conference. For more information, see bit.ly/2t9ptwT.
  • August 26: The first ever San Diego Festival of Books will be held at Liberty Station, hosted by the San Diego Union-Tribune and KPBS. The free event will run from 10 AM to 6 PM, and is expected to draw thousands of book lovers. This year’s “One Book San Diego” selection will be announced at the festival. Author signings, discussions and appearances, along with food, music and children’s activities will be featured at the event. Those interested in booking an exhibitor booth may contact events@sduniontribune.com for more information.
  • September 23: The Northwest Independent Editors Guild hosts Red Pencil 6: Tracking Changes in Editing conference in Kenmore, WA. Keynote speaker is Karen Yin of the Conscious Style Guide and AP vs. Chicago websites. SDWEG members receive a $20 affiliate discount with the code RPCALI17, as well as an additional $30 off when registering through the early-bird deadline of July 31. For more information, see bit.ly/EdsGuild2017.

New Membership Benefit–San Diego Festival of Books Tent

San Diego Festival of BooksThe Guild is pleased to announce an additional member benefit: participation in the San Diego Festival of Books on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

The Board of Directors agreed at its July 11 meeting to rent a tent at the inaugural San Diego Festival of Books. Any SDWEG member who wishes to display and sell books at the tent should contact Mardie Schroeder at president@sdwritersguild.org.


Expired: Want to Share a Table at San Diego Festival of Books?

San Diego Festival of Books

An SDWEG member is interested in sharing a table at the inaugural San Diego Festival of Books on August 26. For information on what is involved, see this form. If you are interested in sharing a table, send a message to sandiegowriterseditorsguild@gmail.com.

Expired: Inaugural San Diego Festival of Books in August

San Diego Festival of Books

Celebrate San Diego’s vibrant reading community at the inaugural San Diego Festival of Books, presented on Saturday, August 26 at Liberty Station in Point Loma.

Support by the power and reach of The San Diego Union-Tribute, the Festival of Books will be open to the public and will connect San Diego readers, booksellers, authors, and businesses around their common love of the written word.

The free event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is expected to draw thousands of book lovers and more than 50 authors. The festival will include discussions and book signings with authors, as well as music, vendor booths, a dedicated children’s tent, and much more. There will be a minimal fee to reserve a seat for the 15-plus author discussions.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is also partnering with KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting TV and radio station, in addition to local bookstores such as Warwick’s in La Jolla; Mysterious Galaxy in Clairemont; West Grove Collective in South Park; and the downtown Library Shop to help spread the word and generate excitement in the community.

The event takes place at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Companies Event Center, 2875 Dewey Road, and the adjacent Luce Court, on Truxtun Road.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or having an exhibitor booth, email to events@sduniontribune.com. Check the website regularly for updates on the event at sdfestivalofbooks.com.